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Manager, Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service

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Work type:    Fixed term - full time
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Classification:    VLA5
Work location:    VIC - various
Reference:    VG/TBALB
Closing date:    03-Mar-2015
Salary range:    $100,353 - $127,723
Job duration:    3 years
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Position details
  • Lead the delivery of a new state-wide non-legal mental health advocacy service
  • Seeking a highly motivated professional with strong social work or mental health sector experience 
  • Maximum term position up to three years  
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $97,170 - $123,673 plus superannuation and salary packaging benefits

About the role:

This is a unique opportunity to help develop and lead a state wide non-legal mental health advocacy service designed to support the goals of the Mental Health Act (Vic) by helping people diagnosed with a mental illness to have a voice in decisions about their own care and recovery.

The service is the first of its kind in Victoria. Under the new model, a team of non-legal advocates will work alongside experienced mental health lawyers from Victoria Legal Aid’s mental health and disability advocacy program to ensure that people who are subject to involuntary treatment orders know about their rights, receive timely help, are assisted with other support services and are able participate in their treatment.

You will lead the delivery of non-legal mental health advocacy and contribute to its development and implementation including service design and delivery. You will also be involved in recruiting and developing a team of advocates to provide services across the state and will work with other senior leaders across VLA to ensure that vulnerable Victorians are receiving access to the services they need.

You will consult with mental health consumers and the other relevant stakeholders to understand and learn about what is needed for this new service as well as building a strong understanding of the service and good referral networks both within the organisation and the broader sector.

About you:

We are seeking a highly motivated and highly skilled social worker, mental health or community advocate or someone with extensive experience in the mental health sector. As a strong leader, you will have the capacity to lead the implementation of an effective and accessible service as well as develop the skills and expertise of a team with diverse professional experience.

You inspire confidence, easily build rapport and have the energy and ability to drive change and innovation. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the design and delivery of a new advocacy service and be part of a progressive and dynamic organisation committed to delivering services to disadvantaged Victorians.

About Victoria Legal Aid:

VLA has a strong record in protecting the rights of people with a mental illness within the justice sector. Twenty two per cent of people helped by VLA last year disclosed a mental health illness or disability, and advocating for them to be heard in the justice system has always been an important focus of our work.

Employee benefits:

We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:

Submit a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria (KSC) and current resume. You must address the KSC to be considered for this role.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Chris Povey, Program Manager Mental Health & Disability Advocacy on 9269 0290.

Applications close 9.00am Monday 2 March 2015.



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